Turn Your Love Around

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"Turn Your Love Around"
Single by George Benson
from the album The George Benson Collection
B-side "Nature Boy"
Released October 1981 [1]
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Genre R&B
Length 3:50
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Bill Champlin
Jay Graydon
Steve Lukather
Producer(s) Jay Graydon
George Benson singles chronology
"Midnight Love Affair"
(1980)
"Turn Your Love Around"
(1981)
"What's On Your Mind"
(1981)

"Turn Your Love Around" is an R&B single by George Benson. The song was written to help fill out Benson's 1981 greatest hits album, The George Benson Collection. It reached number one on the soul singles charts and number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in early 1982, as well as the top ten on the jazz chart.[2] The song won a Best R & B Song Grammy Award at the 25th Grammy Awards in 1983 for Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon, and Steve Lukather (of Toto) as its composers.

The original inspiration for the song came to co-songwriter Jay Graydon in the bathroom. He explained to Songfacts: "'Turn Your Love Around' was a gift, and it's the gift that keeps giving. I was in the bathroom when I came up with the melody, and I was sitting down, if you get my drift. Well, I got off the can as fast as I could and got to a cassette machine so I wouldn't forget it. George Benson was coming in town Tuesday, so I had four days to come up with a song for The George Benson Collection. And I was gettin' nothing. And then bang! I just came up with this melody for the chorus when I was in the bathroom."[3]

The song was one of the first pop hits to feature a Linn LM-1 drum machine, programmed by session drummer Jeff Porcaro.[4]

This song was sampled on the album version of Lil' Kim's "Not Tonight" and on the Japanese 1 million hit song "Da.Yo.Ne." by East End X Yuri in 1994.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 53. 
  3. ^ "Turn Your Love Around". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  4. ^ stevelukather.net - Sessions

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Preceded by
"Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
January 23, 1982
Succeeded by
"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" by Hall & Oates